Madrid is another city I’ve not visited and know relatively little about so I went to the rough guide again for some info and ideas to start a mind map.
The rough guide mentioned some buildings, government buildings palaces that were tourist attractions but also made a point of saying the real live and soul of Madrid lay in it’s café’s and markets. So I did a little research to find a balance of images of important buildings and markets.
I wanted to try and created an image that captured some of the building structures, the white stone and the orange/red stone, but also that gave a nod to the cafe culture. Here’s the version’s I came up with:
I tried to create little umbrella shapes and circles to represent seating spaces to describe a cafe area. I included the row of arches as apparently there’s lots of arched entrances to older parts of the city. I felt like the white buildings in the first version looked a little lost so added some window details and tried to keep the colours subordinate so they didn’t grab too much attention.
I felt happier having the grey blocks on the white buildings so started to play around with text placement for the name of the city:
I think I probably prefer the placement of the text in the second version but there’s something nice about the placement of the text on a building in the centre of the fourth version. Again I find myself wondering if these covers are too un-abstract for their own good?